Chicago Web Professionals/Chicago Creative Coalition Wordpress Hackathon

From: Steve S.
Sent on: Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:26 PM

Our meetup group is partnering with C3 (Chicago Creative Coaltion) to redesign and develop their website. We are planning a hackathon in four parts. Think of this as a "web raising," where our two communities come together to build a new chicagocreative.org website.

Chicago Web Professionals and Chicago Creative Coalition will collaborate in a series of four hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves interactive sessions. This is an opportunity to work side-by-side with Marketing, Design, Information Architecture, Programming and Production Artists in a focused effort that will culminate in a new website for C3.

The Chicago Creative Coalition (C3) is a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting the professional growth of its members–creatives in the communication arts fields (chicagocreative.org). This is our opportunity to be exposed to people in a variety of web-related and creative disciplines—for networking, service and learning. You can pick and choose which of the events you'd like to be involved with. Hopefully, you'll be interested enough to attend them all.


The complete program cycle looks like this:

November 17, 2011
Program 1 of 4
Web Strategy and Planning
This session is sponsored by C3. The project is started through information gathering, strategy creation, and planning. Ideas from this session will be used to form wireframes to define the site structure.
Location: Knox Avenue Music Rehearsal Facility, 4265 Knox Avenue, Chicago 

February 21, 2011
Program 2 of 4
Visual Concepts for the Site Design
This session is sponsored by C3. This session is to develop visual concepts for the design, based on the findings in the first session.
Location: Knox Avenue Music Rehearsal Facility, 4265 Knox Avenue, Chicago

April 2012 (date to be determined)
Program 3 of 4
Plan for Technical Development
This session is hosted by Chicago Web Professionals. In this session we will plan the development process, propose and select solutions for all the site features, create user access for the point person, and, perhaps develop part of the theme in anticipation of the Hackathon. C3 members Dennis Deacon, Becky Davis, Jeff McNear and Steve Starr will be the team leaders for this program. (We'll use the development space used by the current C3 website.)
Location: BooCoo Cultural Center, 1823 Church Street, Evanston

May 2012 (date to be determined)
Program 4 of 4
Programming and Production
This session is the final Hackathon...a single day where the front end and theme are completed, the Wordpress hookup is created, and content is started to be ported over. Chicago Web Professional members Dennis Deacon, Becky Davis, Jeff McNear, and Steve Starr will be the team leaders for this day. All C3 members are invited to join in, but please note that the Chicago Web Professionals will take the lead for this work.
Location: BooCoo Cultural Center, 1823 Church Street, Evanston

The first two programs, sponsored by C3 will be in addition to our regular second-Tuesday-of-the-month meeting. When we have selected dates for April and May, we may chose to make those the focus for our monthly meetings.

Visit http://www.chicagocreative.org/view-event.php?id=52 to see how C3 is promoting this to their membership. We're hoping to bring as many Chicago Web Pros. on board as are interested!

Note that you will see Programs 1 and 2 as scheduled "meetups" for our group. These will be in addition to our monthly meeting.


Best regards
Steve Starr, Organizer, Chicago Web Professionals

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